Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So which is it?

'[Jonathan] Porritt says the shocks “need to come as rapidly as possible” and they must be “as traumatic as possible” — “otherwise, politicians and their electorates will rapidly revert to the current mix of non-specific anxiety and inertia.” If you don’t believe that rapid, traumatic disasters are a good thing, then just look at Hurricance Katrina, says Porritt — after that, Americans “started to think that it really might be time for the U.S. to get stuck in on climate change.”'

Hang on a sec- Hurricane Katrina is evidence of global warming? I distinctly remember being told in the most scathing and officious tones that weather is different from climate. When people dare to point out that this last winter was one of the coldest on record, the old weather isn't climate thing gets wheeled out immediately. But isn't Hurricane Katrina just a bit of weather? Seriously? If we can't have 'coldest winter on record' you can't have Katrina. Or am I being naive?

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